Very sad news: RIP Syd Garriss

We are heartbroken to report the loss of our friend, colleague, and neighbor Syd Garriss.
Sydney E. Garriss, 71, of Kilmarnock, Virginia passed away on February 6, 2018.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Garriss; sons, Paul Garriss and Steve Garriss; grandchildren, Madison and Olivia Garriss; siblings, Willard Garriss, Phyllis Guilliams, Arlette Allen and Cynthia Fraser and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 11:00 a. m. February 17, 2018 at Currie Funeral Home, Kilmarnock, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to American Diabetes Association, 4335 Cox Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060.
Syd Garriss — we will miss you, Syd. Rest in peace.

House party for Vangie Williams, Democratic candidate for VA-01 Congressional seat

You are invited to a meet and greet House Party for Vangie Williams on February 22, 5:30 to 7:30.
To be held at: Levelfields, 10155 Mary Ball Rd, Lancaster, VA 22503.
Vangie Williams is one of four Democrats competing for the Democratic Party nomination to face Republican Rob Wittman for the Virginia First Congressional District seat in November 2018.  Democratic Party primary to be held on June 12, 2018.

Support the FBI!!!

The attacks on the FBI by Congressional Republicans and by the Trump White House are just another in a series of attacks on our fundamental national institutions.

Anyone who cares about this nation should be appalled at these actions.

What can you do?  Try this.

FIRST.  Call and write your local FBI office, tell them you have faith in their professionalism and integrity.

Richmond VA FBI office:

Address:  111 Greencourt Rd, Richmond, VA 23228
Phone:  (804) 261-1044

SECOND.  Make a donation to the FBI Agents Association College Memorial Fund.

THIRD.  Contact your Congressional representative and demand that he/she denounce Rep. Nunes and the Trump White House for their attacks on the FBI.  Follow up by submitting your letter as a letter to the editor of your local paper.

Next meeting: February 15

Northumberland Democratic Party, next meeting:

  • Thursday, February 15
  • Northumberland Library, 7204 Northumberland Hwy, Heathsville
  • 7:00 PM; bring a snack to share at 6:30 if you wish
  • Executive committee meeting at 5:45 PM

Joe Schlatter will repeat an updated version of his presentation on Russia, to include (1) the impact of geography and history on Russia; (2) the impact of the collapse of the Soviet Union; and, (3) Donald Trump’s relationship with Russia.


First Congressional District Democratic Candidates’ Forum

The four Democratic candidates for Virginia’s First District Congressional seat will appear at a candidates’ forum where they will address the audience and answer questions.


First Congressional District Democratic Candidates’ Forum

Thursday, Feb 15

6-7:30 PM

St. Clare Walker Middle School

6814 General Puller Hwy

Locust Hill VA


  • Edwin Santana — Stafford County
  • Ryan Sawyers — Prince William County
  • John Suddarth — Hanover County
  • Vangie Williams — King George County

Moderator:  Sheila Crowley

Send questions for consideration to:

Directions from Kilmarnock:

  • Take Highway 3 south to White Stone
  • Continue on Hwy 3 through White Stone, cross the Rappahannock River south of White Stone
  • Continue on Hwy 3 about 3.75 miles to intersection with Hwy 33, General Puller Hwy
  • Turn right onto General Puller Hwy
  • Go one mile on Gen. Puller Hwy to the school on the left

Notice of reorganization: Northumberland County Democratic Party

January 10, 2018,

 This is official notice of the Reorganization of the Northumberland County Democratic Committee.  On Thursday, January 18, 2018, our local party will disband under party rules.  We will elect officers for the next two years.  All members in good standing will be allowed to vote and participate in this process.

Doors will open at the public library in Heathsville, VA at 6:30 pm and close at 6:35 pm.  Each member will fill out a loyalty pledge prior to participation.  An official slate of nominees will be presented by the temporary chair of the meeting.  Nominations will be accepted from the floor. Voting will take place and the new officers will reconvene the official meeting at 7 pm.

 Sincerely yours,

 Frank Kober, Chair

Northumberland County Democratic Party

Happy New Year!!! Our first meeting is Jan 18

Our first meeting of the new year is January 18, 2018, 7:00 PM, at the Northumberland Public Library — bring a snack to share at 6:30 PM.

Our guest speaker will be Ryan Sawyers, one of five Democrats vying to challenge Rob Wittman for the First Congressional District seat in the House of Representatives.

In the First Congressional District, we currently are represented by Republican Rob Wittman.   As of mid-November 2017, five Democrats are vying to challenge Wittman in November 2018:

Santana and Williams have met with us previously and now two other candidates are scheduled to address the Northumberland County Democratic Party:

  • January 18:  Ryan Sawyers
  • February 15:  John Suddarth

Tom Hicks will address us later.


It’s a Primary!!

On Saturday, December 2, the 1st Congressional District Democratic Committee voted to select our 2018 Congressional candidate by means of a primary election.

The Committee’s number one goal was to allow the voters of the 1st CD to make their choice. This means that to be successful, every candidate will need to work hard to get out the vote and build a coalition that can win not only the primary, but also the General Election in November 2018.

The Virginia State Board of Elections has not yet announced the date for the 2018 primary elections, however, the primary will be in June, probably the week of June 11 – 15.

Democratic Party candidates coming to Northumberland County

In November 2018, Virginia voters will select our representatives in the US House of Representatives as well as one of our two Senators.

House of Representatives, First Congressional District

In the First Congressional District, we currently are represented by Republican Rob Wittman.   As of mid-November 2017, four Democrats are vying to challenge Wittman in November 2018:

Santana and Williams have met with us previously and now the other two candidates are scheduled to address the Northumberland County Democratic Party:

  • January 18:  John Suddarth
  • February 15:  Ryan Sawyers
Virginia US Senators

Tim Kaine, one of our two Democratic senators, will stand for re-election in November 2018.  While we do not have a firm date, Senator Kaine will be at a joint meeting of the Northumberland and Lancaster Democratic Parties in March.  Watch this website for details.

Join us for our Christmas Party

Please join the Northumberland County Democratic Party at our Annual Christmas Party to be held:

  • Friday, December 1
  • At the Women’s Club in Lottsburg, Virginia, near Allison’s Hardware on Route 360.
  • The BYOB event will start at 5:30 PM. Dinner will commence at 6:00 PM.

The menu will include Steamed Shrimp, Chicken and Roast Beef (well done and rare).

Tickets are $25 each which is the total cost of the event.   Please remit your check:

  • Payable to the Northumberland County Democrat Party
  • By November 24
  • Mail to Ms. Kitty Creeth, 281 Lancelot Drive, Reedville, VA 22539, Phone 804-453-5859.